Definition of Gatekeeping
(noun) When an individual or group controls access to goods and services but particularly to information and people with power.
Examples of Gatekeeping
- Administrative assistants limiting who speaks with decision-makers.
- Requiring ever-increasing credentials for certain jobs.
- Restricting access to information such as news, by controlling who sees it and what is covered by an editor or government.
Syllabification: gate keep·ing
- Plural: gatekeepings
- Gatekeepers are common in hierarchies such as bureaucracies, and their power is often greater than their formally recognized authority.
- In qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research, a (noun) gatekeeper (also called key informant) helps facilitate access to a group of people or a locale.
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- clear division of labor
- explicit rules
- hierarchy of authority
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Cite the Definition of Gatekeeping
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gatekeeping.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
gatekeeping. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “gatekeeping.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“gatekeeping.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/gatekeeping/>.